I participated in an interesting discussion yesterday, focusing on ways to identify and address the capacity needs of Wyoming's nonprofits.
While it was valuable to hear about efforts that already exist, both those familiar and new to me (Great people are doing great things to support the sector!), the more intriguing and potentially challenging part of the discussion came when a question was posed to the group: what do we think of when we think of the "capacity building" needs of our state's sector?
The people on the call are knowledgeable, connected, and well-versed in the work of Wyoming's nonprofits. We probably could generate a solid vision that would come very close to what sector practitioners would identify as their capacity needs. Others, including the Montana Nonprofit Association, have contributed research-driven principles and practices to help inform the discussion.
But I also would like to open the discussion to readers of this blog, especially those living and working in Wyoming. What are the critical capacity needs that you have? How do they limit your ability to serve your community and fulfill your mission? How could support in these areas enhance your performance and effectiveness? Please share your thoughts via a comment to this post. If you're not sure what qualifies as "capacity building" in the sector, my bookmarks on the topic might be a good starting point. Click here to access links and resources that I have tagged as "nonprofit" and "capacity."
It would be great to use this venue to contribute to this emerging conversation. This group would be interested in reading your feedback on the topic as we move forward.